Dinkins at LB, backup QB up for grabs
There were several notable position changes as Oklahoma State released its pre-spring depth chart and roster on Thursday. Here are some of the interesting tidbits from the depth chart.
Most notably, it appears Chris Dinkins has finally found a home at linebacker. A superb prospect with excellent size/speed ratio, Dinkins moved from wide receiver to safety as a true freshman while playing on various special teams units. Linebacker appears to be the permanent home for the 6-foot-1, 224-pound prospect. With his physical skills, Dinkins could end up being an all-league performer at linebacker.
Chris Littlehead is listed as the starter at one defensive tackle spot but that is far from set in stone. Nigel Nicholas appears to have secured the other defensive tackle spot but Littlehead, newcomer Maurice Hayes and Anthony Rogers will be battling for the starting spot.
Clint Chelf, Johnny Deaton and J.W. Walsh are listed behind Brandon Weeden, making it clear the backup quarterback spot is up for grabs. In the final games of 2010, only Chelf was listed behind Weeden.
Davidell Collins has moved to defensive end after spending his true freshman season at defensive tackle. Collins has excellent athleticism and should be able to help replace Ugo Chinasa and Darius Hart. In addition, Joe Okafor has moved inside to defensive tackle after spending a redshirt season at defensive end. Okafor has put on weight and should battle to be in the defensive tackle rotation.
Junior college transfer Michael Bowie will start the spring as one of the backup left tackles behind Nick Martinez, joining redshirt freshman Daniel Koenig. Bowie is expected to push for a starting spot during his first year on campus. Koenig, who broke into OSU’s two-deep early in his true freshman season but never played, is listed as the Pokes’ fifth tackle.
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